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Thursday, 5 March 2009

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I voted for her? What was I thinking?

In keeping with the Government's push for accountability and transparency, the House of Commons is planning to publish a table showing key information about every MP.

The individual elements of information that make up the table will all be given a weight so that a single MP's performance rating can be determined. The table will then show all 646 MPs in order of performance in a similar format to current schools tables.

Hundreds of factors will be taken into account, including Commons Attendance, Number of Speeches, Number of Votes, Population of Constituency, Committee and Working Group Membership, Local Surgery Attendance, Number of Directorships, Number of Residences, Number of Family Members on the Payroll and Total Expenses.

There has been support for the idea from parliamentary monitor groups and political parties alike. Gordon Brown said "Once these tables are published the British voter will be able to see how effective their MP is in comparison with all the others. The system will help to increase MP's performance by introducing a competitive element. It will be much better than the current system where voters think we are all equally shit."

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